#ShellNo

Yesterday morning I put on my big sun hat and went up to St. John's to watch the Greenpeace protest. It was with an equal blend of civic duty and curiosity. I brought a big jug of ice water and finished my morning coffee there as I marveled at the people's pluck. All of this [...]

Sketches from Mt. Hood

Spent the weekend out in the Mt. Hood National Forest. I was long overdue for a weekend like this.

Oaks Bottom: Amusement Park or Wildlife Refuge?

It's both, really. Or at least, both use the name Oaks Bottom. (It's also a Lompoc pub not far from here.) I'm not sure how many of the amusement park patrons partake in the wildlife refuge -- I know that when I come down here I'm usually much more interested in the nature scene than I [...]

Magic at Sauvie Island

So in an impeccable act of anti-climax, our eagerly awaited expedition to Sauvie Island with the Oregon Mycological Society was cancelled at the last minute, owing to another expedition taking place the day before. In fact, when we called the Office of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to secure our REMOVAL OF VEGETATION [...]

In which we consider Kelley Point

During our third mushroom class we were given vague tips on spring mushrooms sites. I say "vague" because mushroom hunters are extremely reticent to disclose information that could lead to the pillaging of cherished hot spots, particularly those containing morels. Kelley Point Park was among the places mentioned, so as I had some time on [...]

Bagby Hot Springs

Sketches from an outing a few weekends back. I'd never been to Bagby Hot Springs before, I hope to go back many times. The hike out alone is worth it.